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A painful end for painless needle craftsman

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Masayuki Okano, president of "painless" hypodermic needle maker Okano Kogyo, displays his craftsmanship.

TOKYO -- Masayuki Okano is calling it quits and could be taking his company with him. 

The 85-year-old president of Okano Kogyo, best known for its "painless" hypodermic needles, honed his skills and forged relationships, building his business over decades. In two years, it looks to be over.

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